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2012.11.30 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Early Childhood Literacy Focus of Conference at UNO

Omaha - The College of Education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is sponsoring an Early Literacy Conference for Saturday, Dec. 1, designed to meet the needs of preschool teachers and childcare providers in Omaha.

The conference will be hosted at the Thompson Alumni Center from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and will include two keynote speakers: Isabel Baker, a nationally-known expert in early-childhood literature, and Denise Fleming, an internationally-known author and illustrator of children’s books. Teachers at the event will also have the chance for a hands-on workshop with Fleming.

In addition to the UNO College of Education, the Early Literacy Conference is sponsored by the Early Childhood Consortium of the Omaha Area (ECCOA).

For more information, contact Susan McWilliams at smcwilliams@unomaha.edu or 402.554.3457.

Baker Bio
Isabel Baker is the owner of The Book Vine for Children in McHenry, Ill. Baker has master’s degrees in education and library science, experience as a librarian, consults with preschool teachers and does presentations on early literacy at education conferences all over the country. She is a member of NAEYC, National Head Start, American Booksellers Association and Zero to Three. Additionally, she a columnist for “Young Children,” an award-winning, peer-reviewed journal published by NAEYC and consults on recommended book lists for various organizations.

Fleming Bio
Denise Fleming is an author and illustrator of children’s books and resides in Toledo, Ohio. She has published a number of picture books including “Time to Sleep” and “In the Small Pond,” which won a Caldecott Honor. Fleming’s illustration work is created through pouring colored cotton pulp through hand-cut stencils - the result are images set in hand-made paper.

Early Childhood Consortium of the Omaha Area
The ECCOA is the Early Learning Connection Partnership supporting training, technical assistance and consultation for early childhood caregivers, teachers and staff in home, center and school based programs serving children ages birth through age eight in Cass, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties.

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